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Greg Roman Prepares for 'Complete Arsenal'

Posted Oct 31, 2013

With Mario Manningham & Michael Crabtree soon to return, Greg Roman will be able to open up his offense.

Through the first eight weeks of the season, Vernon Davis has seven touchdowns, giving him the third-most scores amongst NFL tight ends. Frank Gore has seven rushing touchdowns, second most in the league.
 
And more help is on the way.
 
With Mario Manningham lurking, ready to be activated in the coming weeks, the offense is sure to receive a spark. In his second season with San Francisco, Manningham will take pressure off of Anquan Boldin.
 
When Michael Crabtree, whom offensive coordinator Greg Roman described as "ahead of schedule," returns, the 49ers will also have some tough decisions to make with regards to their personnel.
 
"There are problems and there are good problems, and that's a good problem," Roman told 49ers.com. "With Mario and Michael coming back into the fold, you're talking about two excellent receivers that have done it on the big stage. To throw that into the mix with Anquan and what Anquan has brought to this team on so many levels, now you're talking about a complete arsenal.”
 
That's a frightening thought for the 49ers remaining regular season opponents. Even without Crabtree and Manningham, the 49ers offense has scored early and often during the team's current five-game winning streak, averaging 34.8 points per game.
 
San Francisco's offensive production was on display again at Wembley Stadium as the 49ers put together touchdown drives on each of the first four possessions against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
 
"You always want to start fast," Roman said. "What's the alternative to that? We've been able to do that, and that's a credit to our players and their preparation.
 
"The past five weeks, we've improved every week and that's the important thing."
 
Colin Kaepernick has also been running more the past two weeks with a combined 124 rushing yards and three touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans and Jaguars.
 
Whether Kaepernick, Gore, Davis or Boldin are featured from week to week, Roman insisted that's part of a constantly evolving plan, based largely on what looks the team gets from its opponent.
 
"We go into a game every week with a plan," Roman said. "We try to adjust accordingly with how the game's going, what they're playing, what we're hitting, what's hot."
 
With Manningham and Crabtree soon to return, Roman will have even more weapons at his disposal.
 
"We're going to remain humble and hungry," Roman said. "As these men join us, it'll give us the ability to maybe open things up a little bit here or there. We're really excited."